Bloody Marys have been killing the Instagram world lately (and the hangover scene since forever). Some Bloodies are made simply, with no toppings (aka just vodka and tomato juice), and others are topped with enough garnishes that they could substitute as a meal.

This drink is so versatile and refreshing that everyone should be drinking it at least once a week. Why not use it as an excuse to brunch more? It even attempts to fuel the body with multiple different nutrients. So trade in your usual mimosa for a Bloody this weekend and see how true these benefits are.

It’s full of nutrients

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Bloodies are filled with nutrients from toppings that you usually get to pick yourself – pickles, green beans, okra, olives and more. And while there are some negative studies about bacon, a slice on a stick won’t kill you. Protein is great for keeping you full longer, whether it is bacon, fried chicken, or a burger slider. Plus, horseradish is filled with glucosinolates, which are great for detoxifying the body – even doctors recommend eating a small amount daily.

Tomato juice is basically a cleanse

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Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene, which is supposed to lower risk of disease. It is also great for adding a bit of protection to your skin when you want to go out in the sun all day.

It’s good for you

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Moderate drinking has shown some serious benefits in lower calorie drinks.

It’s just the right amount of indulgence

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How many Bloody Marys can one person actually consume? There’s usually a 1 to 3-drink limit until you feel too full, especially with all the add-ons.

It’s the perfect tool for reluctant socializers

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Bloody Marys allow you to explore the best brunch spots and carbload with some french toast. Basically, they’re a great excuse to see all your homies.

It’s a digestive aid

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There is some good fiber in these bad boys from the celery and tomato pulp which can help your body complete the, uh, basic functions (if the cheap beer you pounded last night hasn’t helped already… if you know what I mean).

It’s the ultimate hangover cure

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Hair of the dog as your hangover remedy? This will definitely do that for you with the combination of acidic juice, vodka, and a blend of spices.